Friday, January 13, 2012

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

I'm not really a zombie girl. I'm sorry to all zombie fans, but I don't really like reading about them. So I'm not exactly sure why I started reading this zombie novel, but I'm really glad I decided to. Maybe I even enjoy zombies now... 4 out of 5 stars.

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
4 out of 5 stars
Published 10.18.11
Summary from Goodreads: Love can never die.

Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?

The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.

But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead—and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.

In Dearly, Departed, romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.

Bram and Nora are such an amazing couple! I love how well their personalities fit together! They are so cute together! Seriously, they are perfect for each other! Swoon, swoon, swoon! I'm smiling just by thinking of them together!
Nora is a spunky, bold, smart heroine. She's not your average polite Victorian girl. She's better, and of course that's a good thing. She's secretly addicted to watching battle scenes and bloody stuff like that. She's worthy of being called a heroine. Not only can she use a gun, but she's also fierce, protective and brave.
Bram's a zombie, as you already know. But what you don't know is that he's charming, loyal and respectful guy any parent would want for their child. While he's not perfect, he makes up for that by being a well-meaning, responsible zombie. Plus, he really loves Nora, so I'm totally okay with him!

This book is all action, and that's what I love about it! The plot is fast-paced with a ton of fighting and blood. The villian is not clear in the beginning, and let me just tell you that I was not expecting that particular character to be the villian. Then there's the whole spreading of the zombie sickness to be considered. It's not your average zombie book. Lia Habel put a whole lot of thinking into the plot to guarantee a non-boring book. Of course, zombies were never boring in the first place...

I love how it's set in the future. That means there's a ton of new technology to get used to, like holograms instead of video. There basically is no internet, unless you count the Aethernet (I think I spelled that correctly...), and that's for abnormal people. I love how they live underground; that's extremely cool! Plus, the people act as if they were in the Victorian era, going to the extremes such as riding high-tech carriages. They all wear dresses too. It was really fun imagining Nora's society!

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